Mikolas gets 1st shutout, O'Neill homers, Cards beat Royals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Miles Mikolas was pitching in Japan a year ago. Now he's one of the top pitchers in the majors.

Mikolas pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout and Tyler O'Neill homered for the third straight game and drove in four runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Mikolas needed just 109 pitches to remain unbeaten and struck out a career-high nine. The Cardinals won for the third time in four games and beat the Royals for the fifth straight time.

''Night like tonight, I was feeling good and on top of that we made some great plays on defense, tracking balls down in the outfield, getting dirty on the infield,'' Mikolas said. ''Everything just kind of came together for a great game.''

Mikolas (6-0) retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. The only trouble he faced came after he allowed back-to-back singles to start the third, but got out of it with the help of a double play.

''I thought he did a nice job of getting his breaking ball going maybe the second time through the lineup,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''He showed it a time or two the first time through, but didn't rely on it heavy and then you saw late in the game obviously he used it heavily.''

Mikolas faced just three batters over the minimum, lowering his ERA to 2.24 putting him in the top five in the National League. His ninth-inning walk was the first free pass he had issued in 29 1/3 innings at Busch Stadium this season.

''I love pitching here,'' Mikolas said. ''I love the mound. I'm really confident in this home stadium. I know it can be a bit of a pitcher's park at times.''

Mikolas made an impression on the Royals' hitters.

''Obviously for a lot of guys it was the first time seeing him,'' centerfielder Jon Jay said. ''He had good stuff and pitched a complete game. You tip your cap to what he was able to do tonight.''

O'Neill's three-run homer, his first career to the opposite field, capped a four-run third in which the Cardinals strung together five two-out hits. O'Neill's double in the fifth scored Marcell Ozuna, giving the Cardinals a 5-0 lead.

''I was looking for something I could get my arms extended,'' O'Neill said of the home run. ''A pitch up in the zone I could do some damage with. Two outs, I knew I just couldn't hit a fly ball, I had to drive something and I did the job.''

Ozuna proceeded O'Neill's blast with an RBI single, breaking a 0-for-22 slump. Ozuna reached three times and had a pair of hits.

Matt Carpenter homered in the seventh as part of a three-hit night. Carpenter is hitting .542 (13 for 24) in his last six games, including seven doubles, to raise his average to .210. It is the first time since April 7 that Carpenter's average rose north of .200.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy (1-5) gave up five runs, all with two outs, in 5 2/3 innings. He has lost his last five decisions and hasn't gotten a win since April 7.

The Royals have lost eight of their last nine.

''I feel like we've given up some big innings as starters,'' Kennedy said. ''This all starts with us. When we were throwing the ball well, we were keeping us in ballgames and giving our team a way better chance to win.''

TRAINING ROOM

Royals: RHP Justin Grimm (lower back stiffness) is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha.

Cardinals: SS Greg Garcia left the game in the sixth with lower back tightness and is day-to-day and RHP Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) threw long toss for the first time.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (3-3, 4.37 ERA) will look to build on his strongest outing of the season when he takes the mound against the Royals and Jason Hammel (0-5, 6.28 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series. Weaver allowed one run in a season-high seven innings in a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday. Hammel, winless in his last 13 starts, is seeking his first victory since Sept. 6, 2017.

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  • W: M. Mikolas (6-0)L: I. Kennedy (1-5)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (4), T. O'Neill (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay CF40100010.291.350.341.6910.5
J. Soler RF40000032.289.392.474.866-1.5
M. Moustakas 3B30100101.295.337.525.8612.0
S. Perez C40100021.250.292.481.7730.0
W. Merrifield 2B20000012.289.353.422.7750.5
H. Dozier 1B30000001.217.280.261.5410.0
A. Gordon LF30000010.246.310.356.666-0.5
A. Escobar SS30000010.227.283.307.590-0.5
I. Kennedy P20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
J. Adam P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Boyer P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Adam in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Pham CF40000041.303.409.517.927-2.0
M. Carpenter 2B-1B42311000.210.331.391.72310.0
J. Martinez 1B41100011.311.380.476.8551.5
K. Wong 2B00000000.179.279.304.5830.0
M. Ozuna LF32210110.241.285.322.6075.5
T. O'Neill RF41241012.368.409.8951.30410.5
J. Gyorko 3B40100011.288.384.479.8630.5
G. Garcia SS30100011.241.292.397.6890.5
Y. Munoz PR-SS10000000.100.182.150.3320.0
F. Pena C40000001.256.304.349.6530.0
M. Mikolas P20000010.053.143.211.353-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Carpenter (13), T. O'Neill
    • HR - M. Carpenter (4), T. O'Neill (3)
    • SH - M. Mikolas (3)
    • RBI - M. Carpenter (17), M. Ozuna (22), T. O'Neill 4 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (9), T. O'Neill 4 (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Soler (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Gyorko-Carpenter-Martinez; Garcia-Carpenter-Martinez)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy (L, 1-5)5.29551515.301.54-2.5
    J. Adam1.11110413.521.043.0
    B. Boyer1.000001011.721.983.5
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy (L, 1-5)5.2
    J. Adam1.1
    B. Boyer1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Mikolas (W, 6-0)9.04001902.240.9836.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Mikolas (W, 6-0)9.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 108-70, J. Adam 25-16, B. Boyer 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 6-6, B. Boyer 2-0
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, J. Adam 5, B. Boyer 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Mikolas (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 109-77
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 9-7
    • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 31
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Soler RF40000032.289.392.474.866-1.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30100101.295.337.525.8612.0
    S. Perez C40100021.250.292.481.7730.0
    W. Merrifield 2B20000012.289.353.422.7750.5
    H. Dozier 1B30000001.217.280.261.5410.0
    A. Gordon LF30000010.246.310.356.666-0.5
    A. Escobar SS30000010.227.283.307.590-0.5
    I. Kennedy P20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
    J. Adam P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- R. Goins PH10000000.268.305.339.6440.0
    B. Boyer P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total290400197-----
    • a-grounded out for Adam in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Pham CF40000041.303.409.517.927-2.0
    M. Carpenter 2B-1B42311000.210.331.391.72310.0
    J. Martinez 1B41100011.311.380.476.8551.5
    K. Wong 2B00000000.179.279.304.5830.0
    M. Ozuna LF32210110.241.285.322.6075.5
    T. O'Neill RF41241012.368.409.8951.30410.5
    J. Gyorko 3B40100011.288.384.479.8630.5
    G. Garcia SS30100011.241.292.397.6890.5
    Y. Munoz PR-SS10000000.100.182.150.3320.0
    F. Pena C40000001.256.304.349.6530.0
    M. Mikolas P20000010.053.143.211.353-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Carpenter (13), T. O'Neill
      • HR - M. Carpenter (4), T. O'Neill (3)
      • SH - M. Mikolas (3)
      • RBI - M. Carpenter (17), M. Ozuna (22), T. O'Neill 4 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (9), T. O'Neill 4 (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Soler (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Gyorko-Carpenter-Martinez; Garcia-Carpenter-Martinez)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-5)5.29551515.301.54-2.5
      J. Adam1.11110413.521.043.0
      B. Boyer1.000001011.721.983.5
      Total8.010661102---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-5)5.2
      J. Adam1.1
      B. Boyer1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Mikolas (W, 6-0)9.04001902.240.9836.5
      Total9.0400190---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Mikolas (W, 6-0)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 108-70, J. Adam 25-16, B. Boyer 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 6-6, B. Boyer 2-0
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, J. Adam 5, B. Boyer 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Mikolas (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 109-77
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 9-7
      • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 31
      • 7TH INNING
        Carpenter homered to right06
      • 5TH INNING
        O'Neill doubled to deep left, Ozuna scored05
      • 3RD INNING
        O'Neill homered to right, Martinez and Ozuna scored04
        Ozuna singled to right, Carpenter scored, Martinez to third, Ozuna to second on right fielder Soler fielding error01
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Jay flied out to deep center
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Kolten Wong at second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep center
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar lined out to second
        • Ryan Goins hit for Jason Adam
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Goins grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blaine Boyer pitching
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • Y. Munoz: Munoz grounded out to second
        • F. Pena: Foul, Pena grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Adam Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Carpenter homered to right
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jay grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Soler: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia singled to left
        • F. Pena: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul
        • Pena flied out to center
        • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Mikolas hit sacrifice bunt to first, Munoz to second
        • Jason Adam relieved Ian Kennedy
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • I. Kennedy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kennedy grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep right
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
        • M. Ozuna: Ozuna singled to center
        • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, O'Neill doubled to deep left, Ozuna scored
        • J. Gyorko: Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch
        • H. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Merrifield out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • F. Pena: Strike swinging, Pena grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Mikolas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mikolas struck out looking
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • I. Kennedy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kennedy singled to shallow right
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jay singled to left, Kennedy to second
        • J. Soler: Soler grounded into double play third to second to first, Kennedy to third, Jay out at second
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Mikolas flied out to right
        • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to left
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to center, Carpenter to second
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ozuna singled to right, Carpenter scored, Martinez to third, Ozuna to second on right fielder Soler fielding error
        • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, O'Neill homered to right, Martinez and Ozuna scored
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gyorko singled to center
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Gyorko: Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia lined out to third
        • F. Pena: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pena grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to right center
        • S. Perez: Perez singled to left, Moustakas to second
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Carpenter doubled to deep right center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez lined out to first
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, O'Neill lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)